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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #1
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Default First ever Sweet Potato Harvest

I couldn't be happier with this test run, I started some slips from an old sweet potato and planted 3 slips in one of my raised beds.
I'll most likely try 9-12 slips next season.
These truly are a set it and forget it plant, other than pinching a few flowers here and there and directing/trimming vines a few times, and that's it, gotta love that!

I waited till the first frost before harvesting, however the leaves weren't wilted much, I think next season I'll harvest after a hard frost and the leaves are wilted.

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Nice harvest for 3 slips, you can't beat recycling old potatoes!!!
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That was a nice haul from just three slips! Congratulations! Pretty sweets and nice size too.
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Congratulations. Big harvest. You farm like me, by using your hands. My Dr. just found out we Farm by hands last year and was shocked.
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I envy you your dirt, if you can dig in it by hand. Fighting clay up here.
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Great job! I think growing sweet potatoes is pretty addictive.

I always encourage people to try growing sweet potato vines under their tomatoes. The vines spread out and make a great "living mulch", suppressing the weeds and keeping the soil cool and shaded in our hot summers. I dig the sweet potatoes right after I pick the last tomatoes before frost. This year I harvested two 5-gallon buckets full.

I also eat the greens throughout the summer when most of my other greens have already gone to seed.

I got started the same way as you, with a potato that was laying on my counter and started to grow.
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Great job! I think growing sweet potatoes is pretty addictive.

I always encourage people to try growing sweet potato vines under their tomatoes. The vines spread out and make a great "living mulch", suppressing the weeds and keeping the soil cool and shaded in our hot summers. I dig the sweet potatoes right after I pick the last tomatoes before frost. This year I harvested two 5-gallon buckets full.

I also eat the greens throughout the summer when most of my other greens have already gone to seed.

I got started the same way as you, with a potato that was laying on my counter and started to grow.
I will try your "Sweet Potato +=+under the Tomatoes" Ideal next year. I will truly use the Native Americans Farming Secrets to keep any Pest away, Amen!!!
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Nice harvest from 3 slips! Thanks for the tip on planting between tomatoes to create a living mulch with the vines. Have you tried planting them between pepper plants?
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Have you tried planting them between pepper plants?
I have grown sweet potatoes between my pepper plants as well as the tomatoes as described above. The only thing with peppers is they don't grow as tall and some of the lower branches can hang down into the sweet potato vines when they load up with peppers. But as long as you keep an eye on it, it works great. I just make sure to plant the slips far enough away from the roots of the peppers or tomatoes I'm growing under to make sure they aren't competing too much with the plants.

For tomatoes, I'm growing mostly single or double stem so most of the plant is well above the sweet potato vines. I'm not sure it would work as well for dwarfs or smaller determinate varieties.
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